Perth Mint has released a Chinese Lion Dance 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin commemorating a traditional dance in Chinese culture dating back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE) in China, Chinese lion dance. Each coin is meticulously struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and to the highest possible quality (Proof), only 5,000 pieces will be minted for the Australia legal tender coin.

Lion Dance

The coin reverse features a coloured representation of the Chinese lion dance, with a firecracker and two lanterns in the background. The design also features the Chinese character for ‘prosperity’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2015 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.

Technical Specifications:
Silver Content (Troy oz): 1.00
Monetary Denomination (AUD): 1
Fineness (% purity): 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g): 31.135
Maximum Diameter (mm): 40.60
Maximum Thickness (mm): 4.00
Maximum Mintage: 5,000
Designer: Natasha Muhl

Lion Dance coin

Each coin is packaged in a special illustrated card displaying both the coin’s reverse and obverse.

The Chinese lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture dating back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE) in China. The dance is performed during Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural and religious festivals, and is thought to bring good luck and fortune.

You can order your Chinese Lion Dance 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin via Perth Mint website

On 25 Nov 2014, The Royal Mint has announced a special two-coin set which commemorates the life and marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. The Winston Churchill 2015 Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin paired with an original Winston Churchill 1965 Memorial Crown in a special edition set, which has a limited edition of 5,000 and is priced at just £20.

Churchill coin

Designer of the 2015 £5 coin, Mark Richards FRBS says: “I wanted to capture something of Winston Churchill’s intensity, to create an active portrait, a sense of the man that you may have come away with had you met him. I thought the portrait created for the memorial coin in 1965 by Oscar Nemon couldn't be bettered, so though I much admired it, I wanted to start afresh. I decided to create an image that is larger than the field of the coin – because this was a larger than life man, there was so much more to him than can ever be captured in one portrait”.

1965 Winston Churchill Memorial Crown

The designer of the 1965 Winston Churchill Memorial Crown, Oscar Nemon, was born in Croatia and moved to London in 1938. He worked from a studio outside Oxford, and sculpted many recognized figures including Her Majesty The Queen. His statue of Sir Winston Churchill stands in the Members Lobby of the House of Commons, its foot now burnished bright by many years of being touched ‘for luck’. Oscar Nemon created the crown struck in memory of the former Prime Minister in 1965.

Winston Churchill
50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Winston Churchill £5 coin

Mark Richards FRBS, designer of the 2015 £5 coin, is a figure and portrait sculptor based in Shropshire. He read History of Art at Manchester University and trained in sculpture and drawing at The City and Guilds of London Art School. Mark worked for a number of sculpture companies before establishing himself as an independent sculptor in 1992. The designer created last year’s Queen Anne memorial coin and the £5 coin struck for the 90th birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill approaches (30th November 1874), he died on January 24, 1965. Sir Winston Churchill was twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As a writer Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was a Knight of the Garter, Companion to The Queen, and the first honorary citizen of the United States by Act of Congress.

Sir Winston Churchill is the only Britain’s statesman ever to be commemorated on two UK coins created in his honor. The portrait of Churchill is instantly recognizable on the new coin, a man who was larger than life, almost impossible to capture in the usual confines of coin design.

A collection of nearly 90 pieces of Swedish Plate Money will highlight the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention, January 9-10, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The Stanley Aberdeen Collection of Swedish Plate Money was carefully assembled and features an incredible sample of large and impressive copper “coins,” ranging from 1/2 Daler to 4 Daler sizes.

Stanley Aberdeen

The plate money was issued as a replacement for silver and gold coinage, as specie in these metals were scarce, but copper was readily available in massive quantities. These large “coins” were issued from 1644-1776 in denominations from 1/3 Daler to 8 Daler. The copper came not just from mines but also from cannon barrels that were repurposed and used to produce these coins (similar to Irish “Gun Money” of 1689-1690). Many known examples of Swedish Plate Money came from the wreck of the Nicobar, and that find provided a good cross section of this interesting area of numismatics. The analysis of the varieties and types recovered from this wreck has offered a wealth of information about this specialty.

Stanley Aberdeen began collecting these pieces when Ponterio & Associates sold the plates recovered from the wreck of the Nicobar. As his interest in the series grew, Mr. Aberdeen’s search widened to include Europe, and he worked with several agents as certain rarities appeared at auction. With such great sources of material, he was able to acquire better quality examples than usually seen. As a result of his keen eye and good sense of historical context, Mr. Aberdeen’s assemblage contains not only “regular issues” but also a number of very rare siege pieces.

Highlights abound and include:

2 Daler Plate Money, 1716. Stockholm Mint. Very Fine. Struck from metal recovered from recycled cannons. Extremely rare, only 19 examples known. Very Fine.

2 Daler Plate Money, 1674. Type with a star between two lilies, denoting copper source as Garpenberg. Extremely rare, only 6 known examples. Very Fine. Ex: Cavalli Homberg Sale 103 (1913) lot 11.

4 Daler Plate Money, 1718. Rare, 30 examples known (including 7 that were on the Nicobar). Extremely Fine. Reportedly found in a well, ca. 1834.

3 Daler Plate Money, 1718. Extremely Rare, only 13 examples known. Revalued to 3 Dalers on a 2 Dalar, 1711 of Avestra. Very Fine.

Wismar. 8 Schilling Plate Money, 1715. Extremely Rare necessity coinage made from repurposed guns at the siege of Wismar during the Great Northern War. Extremely Fine. Ex: Gustaf Cavali; General Konsul Axison Johnson; Avestra Mynt Museum; Jim Karlson; Upssala Collections.

“A collection of such wide range will not likely be offered in the near term, so we suggest that interested numismatists review the descriptions of these wonderful items, and contemplate their place in the annals of numismatic history,” said Richard Ponterio, executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

Aside from The Stanley Aberdeen Collection, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the NYINC includes many other important collections, including The Ray Czahor Collection of Philippine Countermarked Coinage, The Rockaway Collection of German Crowns and Talers, The John Adams Collection of Spanish Colonial Proclamation Medals, The Ancient Coins From The Richard Aghababian Collection, and further selections from The Demarete Collection. Other important properties include a fine selection of Spanish and American Administration Philippines coins, gold coins of Brazil, a wide range of coins from Russia, and a specialized collection of Judean coins.

For more information on this sale, or to request a catalog, You can visit Stack’s Bowers Galleries website